Active Sonar Target Detection and Reporting: Perceived Consequences and their Effects on Performance
CANYON RESEARCH GROUP INC GOLETA CA HUMAN FACTORS RESEARCH DIV
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The objective of the research was to examine the effects of operational situations upon sonar operators contact reporting behavior. An attitude survey involving fleet sonar operators and destroyer officers was conducted to determine the subjective values of five decision-making variables with respect to seventeen scenarios depicting peacetime and wartime tactical situations. It was found that sonar contact reporting thresholds were principally determined by the perceived consequences of missed contacts and of delay in contact reporting. it was also found that the assessments of false contact consequences were very inconsistent, unlike the judgments with respect to the other decision variables. the second phase of the research consisted of a sonar detection experiment, in which the influence of the variable command attention on performance was measured to give an objective evaluation of the effects of psychological variables.
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